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By saavage_1999 ·
Hi all ? I?m taking a Business Policy course at Thomas Edison State College. My current assignment is to post a couple of organizational culture questions on a discussion board in an effort to gather feedback from the board?s members. I would be most grateful if you would respond to the following. In this time of instability and insecurity, organizations are faced with making decisions that are "out of the norm" or non-routine.
1. How does this effect the organization's ability to be flexible?
2. How can organizations adjust structures and processes to meet the goal of competitive advantage by bending rather than breaking?
Thanks, in advance, for your feedback!

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by epepke In reply to Organizational Culture

I think the best feedback I can give you is that those questions are awfully vague.

They're also complex, in the classical sense of a complex question that carries questionable presuppositions. For instance, they assume that organizations must necessarily do the routine or the norm unless faced with the pressure of instability. I think that history has shown that there is a niche for organizations that are abnormal all of the time.

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Thinking sideways

by generalist In reply to Organizational Culture

Many organizations handle a little non-routine decision making by using old tactics and having enough resources on hand to allow for mistakes. Call it chaos management by momentum. You can coast for a while but you are doing so at the expense of backup resources.

If you're running lean and mean, you had better be able to think sideways and respond quickly. Non-routine conditions can be profitable if you can respond to them properly. They can also be killers if you push the limits too much.

In either situation, keep your employees informed of what is happening, otherwise they'll get worried. Informed employees often work to help out, increasing productivity. Uninformed employees create slowdowns or even jump ship if things look bad.

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Re: Thinking sideways

by saavage_1999 In reply to Thinking sideways

"Chaos management by momentum" definitely exists in organizations. I guess some just haven't found a term to use. Keeping the communication lines open is a definite plus. Unfortunately, I've been in organizations that could do a better job of it. Ah -- maybe one day....

Thanks for your feedback.

Cathy

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Stability and Security are illusions

by JamesRL In reply to Organizational Culture

The constant in life and in business is change. I wouldn't say that now is "out of the norm", we go through this cycle many times in a long IT career.

Sometimes the rate of change accelerates or decelerates, but change is always with us.

Flexible corporations, the ones that are positioned to be nimble and flexible, are best able to anticipate change and work with it, instead of fighting it. And creating a flexible organization means having a corporate culutre which is geared around change.

I've worked for fast paced multinational tech companies, old order gov't orgs and everything in between. They all go through change, some more successfully than others. The best ones communicate openly and honestly about change, instill an attitude of continuous improvement and enlist their employees as agents of positive change. Bad ones make top down decisions about chaange and impose them without thinking into organizations which are reluctant to change, and build up a resistance to change.

What usually happens then is that the latter kind of company hires someone fromt he former kind of company to come in and change their methods. And that keeps me employed.

James

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Re: Stability and Security are illusion

by saavage_1999 In reply to Stability and Security ar ...

James,

Thanks so much for your feedback. I think you said it ALL - great observations and definitely "food for thought".

Cathy

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